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Upcycled: A Conversation With Willie Cole

Ebenezer Singh

Meet the Curator: Ironbound Unbound 4

Call for new artists to exhibit in Ironbound Unbound 4
during the Newark Arts Council’s, Open Doors Studio Tour 2013, opening October 11, 2013

On Sat. May 4, @ 6:30pm come to the Firestation to meet the curator, ask questions, bring your images, resume and bio and fill out an application to be included in the most exciting arts event in New Jersey. 25 artists will participate in a series of 9 workshops, view various contemporary artists’ works and have discussions on the contemporary art world, how it works, how to break into it. Exhibit will feature in Ironbound Unbound Art Magazine and be booked for International travel.

Curator Ebenezer Singh, trained under American artists Julia Scher and Judith Barry, received his MFA from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. With a Charles Wallace Scholarship he studied printmaking at Kingston University, Surrey, UK and in 2003 he received the Fulbright Scholarship to attend Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, USA.

Location: Prospect Street Fire Station, 56 Prospect Street, Ironbound, Newark, NJ 07105

From Water to Light

Installation of 10,000 recycled water bottles, creating a room of upcycled chandeliers

Installation view of Willie Cole’s “From Water to Light”

Willie Cole’s solo exhibition will be on view from Thurs April 4 – to Fri May 31, 2013, as the latest exhibition presented by Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center at the new Prospect Street Firestation Gallery in the Ironbound section of Newark.

Dates:Thurs April 4 – to Fri May 31, 2013

A new installation from Willie Cole redefines recycling as reincarnation by re-purposing over 10,000 recycled water bottles into a spirit filled environment intended to honor the earth. Central to the space are rooms and chandeliers made completely from water bottles. Visitors to the gallery have an opportunity to donate their own recyclable water bottles as a show of support.

Willie Cole, an internationally recognized artist born in Somerville, NJ, spent most of his early life in Newark and the Ironbound, where he began his career. He came into national prominence in 1989 when he began to make sculpture from discarded and found objects, like steam irons, hair dryers and telephones which he found in the abandoned factories of Newark. In 1999, a one-person show at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC launched him to international acclaim.

From April 8 to April 23, with an artist reception on Monday, April 22 (Earth Day), Cole’s shoe sculptures will simultaneously be on display at Bloomingdale’s in Soho, NY as part of the Earth Day celebration. Shoppers will be asked to donate used shoes to Bloomingdale’s to be recycled and sold by the NY charity Housing Works. Willie will also be exhibiting his work at The Museum of Art and Design in NY as part of the exhibition “Against the Grain.” Additionally Cole is the subject of a major traveling exhibition and book, “Complex Conversations, curated by Patterson Sims, former director of the Montclair Museum in New Jersey. Willie Cole’s works are part of the permanent collections of numerous museums including: The Metropolitan Museum (NY), The Museum of Modern Art (NY), The High Museum (ATL), The AGO (Toronto), and The FRAC Lorraine (France).

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